The Evolution of the Playstation Controller [Infographic]

September 14, 2013 |  by  |  Gaming  |  6 Comments
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I love video games. There’s such a magic in escaping into video games that test your mind, hand-eye coordination and your persistence. I grew up with a sister who owned an NES, so I got schooled on Super Mario Bros. 1-3 to much avail. After that I received an N64 for my birthday. I absolutely loved wave racing, Banjo Kazooing, and Mario Karting to my hearts content. But then I went over to my neighbor’s house to spend the night. They had just gotten a Playstation (one) and we ended up playing Final Fantasy VI all through the night. It was amazing. Even though a lot of it had to do with the brilliance of that game, some of that allure to Sony’s system was its unique controller.

Four shapes as buttons and TWO joysticks?! ‘What a silly thing,’ I told myself. Little did I know that this controller would revolutionize how 3d games work. With one joystick controlling the character and the other controlling the camera, you can have one of the most intuitive platforming configurations imaginable. Well, I suppose it’s debatable, but playing Ocarina of Time recently on the N64 was a bit annoying when the only camera control was the Z button which shifts it to the back of the character. On the other hand, it’s interesting how little Playstation has altered their model of control in almost 20 years. Do you think Sony is lacking in innovation, or merely sticking with the best? Let us know by commenting below!

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Know Your Toilet [infographic]

September 13, 2013 |  by  |  Health  |  3 Comments
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This is the story of me and a toilet. I traveled to Sri Lanka in December 2012. We had a layover in Dubai. First thing anyone does when they get off of a plane is use the bathroom, so of course my friend, Sydney and I headed to the nearest ladies room. I walk into the stall and see my first squat toilet. “Okay Lena, you’re in another country you’ll just have to get over it and indulge yourself in this culture, what other choice do you have?” I told myself. So I very successfully used the toilet and continued out of the restroom and into the main terminal. Whenever Sydney met back up with me I asked her about the toilets and she looked at me with a puzzled face and mumbled “It was just a toilet, it wasn’t anything special” to which I angrily replied “Don’t try and act like you see one of those every day!” Well, as it turns out I walked into the only squat toilet in the Dubai airport; all others were sit-down style.

The western world should switch to squatting. It is healthier, and the facilities are cheaper. But on the same subject Space toilet cost $19 Million! Who knew?

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The Effects of Flip Flops on Your Body [infographic]

September 12, 2013 |  by  |  Health  |  2 Comments
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As summer draws to an end, most of y’all will begin to bring out your winter clothes, and start packing away your summer clothes and flip flops. However, after reading this infographic, you might want to toss your flip flops away and purchase a supportive pair of strappy sandals instead.

Today’s infographic reports that 78% of those 21 years and older have experienced one or more foot problems in their lives; that’s a surprisingly high number. Personally, flip flops have always hurt my feet. My toes always cramp up, and I always feel like my arches have collapsed and the end of each use. I’m sure many of y’all have had similar experiences. Instead, if it’s too hot to wear closed toed shoes, try wearing a sandal with an arch, or something with a strap at the back of the heel to securely attach it to your foot. Consult today’s infographic for more facts on how flip flops can negatively affect your physical health! [via]

 

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The Beginner’s Guide to Sushi [infographic]

September 11, 2013 |  by  |  Food  |  No Comments
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Sushi was never my thing as a kid. Throughout my childhood my dad and brother were always trying great new sushi places around Austin, and I was usually left behind wondering what the big fuss was about, and craving Tex-Mex. In all honesty, my chopstick wielding skills are still a little awkward, but I have come a long way with my knowledge and appreciation for sushi.

I was even fortunate enough to experience Austin’s legendary sushi restaurant, Uchi–arguably the best dining experience ever. The food at that restaurant may be tiny in portion size, and have have a not-so-tiny price tag attached to it, but the sushi’s flavors, and the elegant atmosphere within its walls that night, were truly unforgettable. Each dish I tried was so delicate and intricate, and beautifully presented, I quickly realized that I was eating art.

Today’s infographic is for all of you who are sushi-phobic, or need that extra push to eat outside your comfort zone. Follow this guide and don’t let your buddies trick you into eating too much wasabi. And this little tidbit might help settle some nerves: not all sushi includes raw fish.

Please do me a favor and try the eel, I promise you’ll thank me later! [Via]

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The Rules Of Realizing You’re On a Date [infographic]

September 10, 2013 |  by  |  Funny, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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I came across this infographic yesterday while browsing the GOOD site and was impressed by its precise portrayal of mine and my friend’s dating life–that is, until I realized that the creator of this infographic must certainly be from Austin, the city in which I reside, the city of eternal bachelors.

Dating is tricky, and for that, I have to give guys credit for their valiant attempts at becoming “more than just friends.” There are many different methods of tricking girls into going on dates (if that’s what you want to call them). Here are a few I’ve experienced: “I have nothing better to do today, want to go swimming at Barton Springs?” Then they insist on paying your $3 entrance fee. Another one I’ve experienced is the text message saying something along the lines of, “I just adopted a dog from Town Lake animal shelter. Look how cute it is.” Then they send you a photo of the most adorable pound puppy you’ve ever seen implying that you come over to their house to play with it. And let’s not forget, “I’m going for a run on the trail. You should join.” Which consists of you pulling every muscle in your body while they laugh and tell you how cute you are when you sweat.

Do guys understand that we don’t like to be seen in a swimsuit on a first date? That we prefer not to meet their dog right off the bat for fear of loving the dog more? That sweating and nausea are not attractive? And most importantly–despite how “laid back” we may be–that all we really want is to know that we are on a date? I doubt it. [via]

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